App aims to spur Ebola communication; Sensor network focuses on patient independence;

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> A new app, called the Defense Automated Neurobehavioral Assessment (DANA), is the latest mHealth tool in the U.S. military arsenal for speeding up diagnosis of traumatic brain injury, according to a HealthData Management report. "It's like a brain thermometer," Lt. Col. Chessley Atchison, program manager for the Technology Enabled Capability Demonstration: Brain in Combat portfolio of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program, in a written statement. Article

> A new mHealth app developed by the International Telecommunications Union aims to boost coordination between medical organizations involved in the Ebola health crisis and provide greater public information regarding the disease and real-time efforts to track the outbreak, according to a report at Enterprise Innovation. Article

> Telehealth player Lively is partnering with Vodafone to develop a sensor network focused on helping the aging and elderly remain independent and providing caregivers with a new tool for monitoring patient activity, according to a Light Reading report. Sensors placed on everything from doorways to pill containers help caregivers keep a close eye on patients while allowing patients to remain active and on their own. Article

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> Holidays are not just about sharing presents and family time. It's also becoming the chosen season for elective surgery, states a USA Today report. A Louisville, Kentucky, orthopedic surgeon saw a 20 percent jump between the Thanksgiving and Christmas festivities. Article

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> Humana CEO Bruce Broussard believes that personal devices in the home to monitor and track vital signs are "going to have the biggest impact" on the healthcare industry, he told Louisville Business First. He believes that technology has a high value for healthcare, adding that predictive modeling is another area of interest that can positively affect costs and quality. Article

And Finally… Healthy New Year resolution rewards 11-year-old with a chunk of cash. Article